Thursday, September 15, 2016

Great Country Farms

Last week, Kellie and I took the kids to Great Country Farms for a morning and afternoon full of fun, playgrounds, animals, and apple picking.  It was a hot day and not too crowded and we were able to enjoy all of the playgrounds and animal exhibits without having to wait in line or fight for a spot.

Here is a look at our day:

The girls pretended like they were climbing a giant castle.
They loved making it to the top and being the "queen of the castle".

They just kept going up and up...

Such fun!

These roller scooters took me back to elementary school days...
The big girls had a blast playing on them, and the little kids had a blast getting pushed :)

We tried to get a picture ;)

Caden and Caroline loved this train at one of the playgrounds.

After playing on all of the playgrounds (pirate ships, trains, tires, tractors, swings) and seeing all of the animals (pigs, goats, ducks, geese, and roosters) then we enjoyed a picnic lunch in the shade.  Kellie and I each brought a picnic and a blanket and we enjoyed sitting in the grass with the kids.  If you are planning on going and taking a picnic, there are plenty of picnic tables throughout the entire property.  Great Country Farms also has a restaurant that is open during select hours and they have a great variety of lunch options available.  I picked up a few extra bottles of water and noticed fresh baked cookies, brownies, and doughnuts!

After our picnic, the kids played for a few minutes in the gold mining area and then we headed to the wagon ride for our apple picking fun!

We snapped these pictures on our way to the wagon ride

I think this would be so cute to take a picture every year and see how your kids grow :)

We took a quick wagon ride (about five minutes) out to the apple orchard to pick apples.  I have to be honest and say I was highly disappointed in the apple orchard.  Our guide dropped us off about 100 yards from the three rows we were allowed to pick from.  One hundred yards is difficult to walk with two four-year-olds and two one-year-olds.  The three rows were incredibly picked over and the apples remaining all had large holes in them.  We were given twenty minutes to walk to the rows, pick apples, and return to the wagon.  After searching all three rows, we left with five of the smallest apples I have ever seen.  My visions of apple pies and apple sauce quickly went out the window. :(

We didn't get any pictures of our "apple picking" because it was so rushed, but I did get some photos of the girls on our way back to the farm.

It was a little hot...

September 9th... 95 degrees

After we payed for our apples and picked up some fresh apple cider doughnuts, we took some pictures by the giant cow before heading home.

The girls loved the cow!

Smile :)

Caden, Elizabeth, Caroline, and Ari

Overall, we had a fantastic time at Great Country Farms!  There were a ton of animals, more playgrounds than we could make our way to, a great path, friendly staff, and very clean facilities.  We did learn later that the apple orchard had been damaged by hail, I wish they had told us that before taking little kids all the way out there. I highly recommend visiting Great Country Farms for a day of fun, I would ask about the quality of the apples before taking the wagon ride out to the orchard.  I also recommend checking Groupon or Certifikid for a discount ticket.  I found tickets for Elizabeth and myself on Certifikid and kids under two are free!

Once we made it home, the girls stayed like this for an hour :)

The five apples we picked at the orchard.

Happy Thursday y'all!

I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own.

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